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AG Stein Applauds Win against Patent Trolls

Release date: 5/22/2017

(RALEIGH, NC) Attorney General Josh Stein today applauded a U.S. Supreme Court Case ruling holding that patent trolls – i.e. businesses that exist for the primary purpose of bringing patent infringement lawsuits – cannot sue businesses in far-off states where they have little or no connection. AG Stein previously joined a bipartisan coalition of 17 state Attorneys General in an amicus brief on the case.

“Patent trolls have regularly cherry-picked far-flung and burdensome judicial districts that they believe will be favorable for their case,” said AG Stein. “This can come at great expense and disadvantage to information technology businesses. I was proud to join a bipartisan effort to stop this drain on resources for many innovative North Carolina businesses. This ruling will help these businesses and their employees focus on innovating and creating, not on defending against abusive litigation tactics.”

Attorney General Stein’s amicus brief can be found here. Other states signed on include Texas, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.


Contact: 
Laura Brewer (919) 716-6484

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